By Roy Burner - Minister of the Gospel
Vultures of this world fixation is zeroing in on their intended target; then after having feasted begin to circle again to find another victim. The Hebrew word for vulture denotes a clamorous and keen-sighted bird of prey.
American vultures feed voraciously and indiscriminately. They can be loners, but will also gather together. Vultures of this world gathering together is alluded to in the Book of Isaiah (34:15). (Comment)
Isaiah was giving reference to God's judgment; His wrath toward nations, the earth, and the world. It depicted a worldwide carnage of a final battle (Armageddon) when God's indignation and fury are poured out on all nations (Revelation 16:16).
Isaiah reveals that the destruction will be so great that mountains shall be melted and the host of heaven shall be dissolved. So severe that the heavens shall be rolled together as a scroll; that would usher in a new heavens and a new earth (Isaiah 65:17). Such is foretold in the New Testament as well (2 Peter 3:10-13).
A final battle is spoken of in the Book of Revelation that will bring an end to the Tribulation period (Revelation 16:16). Such a time is referred to as a "Time of Trouble" (Daniel 12:1); The "Wrath to Come" (1 Thessalonians 1:10); and as the "Wrath of the Lamb" (Revelation 6:16-17).
Scripture tells of the Great Tribulation period, in saying: Then shall be great tribulation, such as was not, since the beginning of the world to this day, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should be no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened (Matthew 24:21-22).
In no other period of history of the world will there so much suffering and universal destruction as during the seven years called the "Great Tribulation." Those years will include wrath (Ezekiel 7:19), judgment (Revelation 14:7), darkness (Joel 2:2), trouble (Jeremiah 30:7), suffering (Isaiah 24:20-21), desolation (Daniel 9:27), and sorrow.
The vulture has a sharp sight, and quick smell, and can discern a carcass at an incredible distance. A reference in God's Word alludes to the fact that vultures will follow armies going to battle; in that great and final battle, expecting prey (Revelation 19:17). Jesus referred to such in saying: Wheresoever the carcass is, there will the eagles (also referred to as vultures) be gathered together (Matthew 24:28).
Isaiah revealed that seeing that the vultures shall be gathered...seek out the book of the Lord, and read (Isaiah 34:16)! In a reference to the Day of the Lord: Seeing that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in all holy conversation (or conduct) and godliness (2 Peter 3:11).
There are vultures of this world (those of human origin) who attempt to divert one from the truths of God's Word. They are out to appease their own fleshly desires (2 Peter 2:10).
Scripture reveals that many shall follow their destructive ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And through covetousness shall they with deceptive words exploit you (2 Peter 2:2-3). There are many today; who like vultures, patiently awaiting their intended victims.
Scripture reveals that they will be deceived by their own teaching and continue to reject the way of truth. They have helped weaken the morality of man by helping set the moral compass in the wrong direction. They continue to promote the immorality of man that is warned against in God's Word.
Vultures have weak beaks; lacking the strength of other birds of prey, and will rarely attack other than helpless victims. There are those of the political realm who wait an opportunity to pounce; to weaken their opponents, in order to strengthen their own agenda.
We have been blessed with a time to strengthen our national resolve towards godliness; a return to the God of our youth, but there are those who are less committed towards the ways of righteousness. They are like vultures seeking to pounce on any who would oppose their ungodly agenda.
There are vultures of this world; even in the church, who seek to alter the traits of a sanctified (or separated) church that our Lord is coming back for (Ephesians 5:25-27). They desire the ways of the world; to embrace worldliness rather than that of a sanctified life in Christ.
Vultures are termed as a predator; though its victim has to be in a weakened condition before being devoured. It does not have strength in its legs or claws; as that of an Eagle, to carry its intended victim away.
Many churches have become so weakened in their stand for the Unadulterated Word of God that they have become easy targets for the vultures of this world. Unless one is open to the Word of God; adheres to its instructions in sanctification, holiness, and righteousness, one becomes an easy target.
God's Word is instrumental in obtaining eternal life through Christ Jesus as Lord and Savior! Scripture reveals that the end will not come until the gospel of the kingdom is preached in all the world for a witness to all nations; and then shall the end come (Matthew 24:14).
That because iniquity (or sin) shall abound, the love of many shall grow cold. But he that shall endure to the end, the same shall be saved (Matthew 24:12-13). The vultures of this world (the ungodly) may circle overhead; awaiting weaken victims, but if one is grounded in the truths of God's Word; the same shall be saved from the destruction spoken of earlier in this message!
I pray that you will recognize those who do not adhere to the truths of God's Word. They are as vultures of this world in their mannerism; seeking those who oppose their ungodly ways, waiting for an opportunity to pounce on them, to deter any opposition.
Scripture reveals that the believer in Christ is not to be conformed to this world; but to be transformed by the renewing of their mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God (Romans 12:2). One needs to take to heart the words of Isaiah: There shall the vultures also be gathered.....therefore, seek out the book of the Lord, and read (Isaiah 34:15-16)!
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